when purchasing a handmade craft…..

Yesterday a lovely student of mine gave me an even lovelier note. We do not know who the author is, however it is so lovely I will have to share it with you.

Should you happen to know who the original author is, please do let me know.

 

When buying from a HAND MAKER,

you are buying more than just an OBJECT

You are buying hundreds of hours 

of failures and experimentation.

You are buying days, weeks and months

of frustration and moments of PURE JOY.

You aren’t buying a THING

you are buying a piece of heart,

part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life.

Most importantly, you’re buying

the artist more time to do something 

the artist is passionate about.

Thus enabling the artist 

to create more beautiful things.

 

Need I say more?

 

Happy crafting

E x

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no matter what the weather….

Ok, so now we have had the snow and the freezing temperatures to go with it, it almost feels like Spring is in the air.

I did enjoy the big freeze, but also know I’m very lucky as I have a warm and cozy home to go to and was able to light our fire too.

I hope you have all managed to keep warm.

I was so looking forward to visiting the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London Olympia, no snow was going to stop me! After walking to our train station, then finally catching a train London bound, with one change, only to be told the train driver had fallen ill and was waiting for an ambulance to collect him! Poor man, I do hope he is ok.

Plan C had to fall into plan, another train, tube and cab and I finally got there. I did race through the exhibition halls as I kept hearing the announcements that the trains will be delayed or cancelled in the afternoon due to the severe weather conditions. I left for  home earlier than planned, but did manage to find some really lovely bits and pieces, some red linen for a dress I need to make soon, some cashmere lace from Yarntelier, yup you guessed it……. for another scarf/shawl. Funny though, I cannot find a pattern that I like, so I used some inspiration of another shawl I had made in the summer and wrote my own pattern. I will keep you posted on that one. The inspiration will have to be credited to “Bettle’s bum” you can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I also found a lovely stall called Block Kraft with amongst other things sell the most beautiful wooded blocks for fabric printing. I’m so excited to introduce these in my weekend workshops. Do have a look at their shop on line.

 

There were also some very inspirational works from students on display.

 

So many things to do again, I love it.

 

lots of love

 

E x

A chill in the air……

There is a chill in the air………….

The only solution might be a cosy fire with a warm drink and my knitting of course.

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My lovely  wrap is almost complete,  much needed with the cold weather forecast for the next few  days. I really enjoyed knitting this. At first I had to concentrate to get the pattern correct, but within no time the rhythm appeared and I managed to create another lovely garment. I do get asked, how many shawls do you need? Well,  you never know, one of these lovely shawls might just be for you 🙂

 

The shawl is called Tycho by Natasja Hornby and is available on Ravelry. 

I knitted it in a lovely wool from Manos del Uruguay, Manos Silk Blend a beautifully soft merino and silk blend.

Here we go, this is what happens when I don’t complete my blog post…….. I keep knitting and voila! My wrap is complete. I have worn it already, it is so toasty. The blocking will have to wait this time.

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Hope you are all  nice and toasty too

 

love E x

Here we go……..

Well what do I say? Not going to make excuses, but just so you know I’m back 🙂

I have (finally) managed to create my very own website and am lucky enough to keep it very plain and simple www.elaklein.com

It is still very much in its infancy, I will be working on getting it better as I go along.

For this I would like to have your help please. Please be honest with your critique, I’m happy to hear all your recommendations.

Other than that I have been very busy knitting, sewing, cooking and eating…. The ladies I teach are all so creative a wonderful inspiration to me.

 

It is this time of the year again Unravel at the Farnham Maltings is taking place on Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February

 

unravelIf you are lucky enough to get to it, I highly recommend it. Workshops, talks, exhibitions and so many lovely suppliers, you will love every minute of it. It is not only about knitting, but also about crochet and other bits and pieces to do with yarns.

 

Please let me know what you have been doing.

 

lots of love

 

Ela x

 

 

 

 

 

It might have been a while, but this was worth it……

Yes, it has been far to long since I have written an update on my blog. It has been a very busy few months, with a family wedding, some home alterations and of course the summer holidays.

My love to craft ladies have been most creative, but I will blog about that a little later.

Right now I would like to write about the most wonderful day I had yesterday.

I was very lucky to nab the last space on an embroidery workshop with Caroline Zoob.

Siobhan, a dear friend and fellow crafter, has been to a few workshops and always comes back with the most beautiful creations. I had bought Caroline’s book (Hand Stitched home) a while back (also on Siobhan’s recommendation), but there is just nothing like “the real thing” isn’t there?

So off we went to Oxfordshire where we were welcomed by sunshine, a lovely cup of coffee and the most wonderful selection of vintage fabrics, embroidery threads and an abundance of inspiration and expertise by Caroline.

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Our workshop was called flowers in a jug and we started designing and making a patchwork table cloth, followed by window frame and a jug of flowers. Some machine appliqué and lots of hand embroidery.

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As  you can see on the photograph, my project is nowhere near finished, but I’m so proud of the result so far. The dark lines are drawn with a  Frixion pen (another new find for me). The magical thing is, that you can draw directly on the fabric and when you want to get rid of the lines you just iron them away….magic….

 

 

Here you see us with  our projects. Please have a look at Caroline’s website where you will find out all about her other workshops and lots of other information too.

Jane was the most wonderful host and spoilt us with a home cooked lunch, fresh ingredients form her garden ( another beautiful oasis of calm), and more.

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All in all a wonderful day for mind, body and soul.

 

Thank you

 

Hope you are having a blissful time too

 

love E x

knitting, wool, crochet and more

Oh what to do with an ill daughter who needs to stay in bed? As a sign of solidarity stay in bed too, that was my thought this morning.

Finally I had time to peruse my latest Landscape magazine which I did, almost cover to cover, until I reached the article about Amanda Perkins who crochets the most beautiful blankets.Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.11.53.png

I just love, love,love the colours! The best is still to come – Amanda’s blankets will be exhibited at the Unravel Fair at the Farnham Maltings this weekend! Oh yes, I have planned to visit.

The fair is on all weekend (Friday – Sunday) I have visited the last two years and can thoroughly recommend you do too. It is small enough to manage and big enough to maintain the interest, the most lovely wools and inspiration galore.

 

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Well what is left to say, but to see you there (thank goodness husband can look after ill daughter)

 

love E x

…and so we begin another year a month or so later…..

Is it just me or is there seriously a shortage of hours in the day? How I try to satisfy the family, including the dog, the house and how I wish for a little bit of time for myself? I don’t want too much, just a little time to knit or sew or crochet? Thank goodness I enjoy cooking as I’m required to this every day, without fail. Oh yes, thank goodness for my daughters swimming lessons twice a week, I do get time to knit while I wait for the lesson to proceed and indeed run over, every week.

As I’m sitting on a hard bench, without back support, I engage my core muscles (no yoga or pilates required on these days) and while I’m knitting away I can pass the time with some idle chatter with some other mums as well as a nod at the end of a lane of breast stoke and an occasional thumbs up for a good stroke or glide.

Knitting would be far more difficult standing in the rain watching a football or rugby game – I’m not complaining! (It is very hot in the pool hall, I mean sauna temperatures, just saying)

 

Anyway……

I have missed sharing my lovely creations, and there have been a few, with you.

My last post was all about the surprise package of wool I had received. I used the blue wool and knitted a short shawl for my mother, and completed it just in time for her birthday. My mother looks so good in this blue, it was a match without having to think about it too much.

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My craft ladies have been so busy too. Have a look at these lovely creations.

As it is winter in the UK at the moment and we have had a few chilly days, although rather more windy than chilly, I have made myself some toasty chunky socks and I love them!IMG_8631

love Ex

 

Surprises, surprises

Now here I am again. I have finally received my lovely grab bag of surprise wool, which I was awaiting with great anticipation.

I don’t know how to describe what I felt when I first opened the package – surprise, because it was nothing like I expected, yet I had no reason to have any expectations as it was a surprise package, right?IMG_8189

I liked the colours instantly, a good start, but what was I to knit out of 3 thin balls of wool and 2 chunky?

I mulled it over, discussed it with my lovely craft ladies and slept over it…………. and now I’m knitting………….. sorry I can’t say what I’m knitting yet, it is a surprise for somebody who is very close to my heart. It will have to wait a little until I can share it with you, but I will!

You might remember the other surprise I was not able to show you, well here it isIMG_2727

A nappy cake!! Jackie’s son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby any day now, so Jackie make this great gift for the baby shower. I had never seen anything like this before and think it is a brilliant way to package a gift. Jackie put such lovely thought into all the little add on gifts too! How could you not love this!

Talking of birthdays, not matter what age I think you should celebrate, just because you can. IMG_8250We celebrated Kate’s birthday in style with a home baked chocolate cake ( home baked by Rachel) which not only looked spectacular but also tasted heavenly. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture. However I can share Rachel’s blog with you lovinghomemade. Have a look at the most delicious recipes, I use them so often. Unfortunaltely  I cannot tell which my favourite is as there are too many. I will be making some mango curd today using Rachel’s recipe, it is soo yummy!

I hope you are enjoying the lovely autumn weather we are having in the UK and have a little time to………….just relax………….

I did just that with one of my favourite magazines the simple things

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lots of love

Ex

Surprise, surprise

I’m sure you know by now that I love surprises, well you doesn’t? Well my husband maybe……….

Anyway when this lovely email landed in my inbox I could not resist.

LoveKnitting who supply the loveliest wools and many other things have made up some Grab Bags there are a selection of wools from various suppliers up to 80% off!!! No need to hesitate I thought and I placed my order for a grab bag form Lang.

Have I bought wool from Lang before? No. Well, it wouldn’t be such a surprise then, would it? So 5 balls in assorted colours, and weights are on the way to me, all I have to do is wait.

I’m still waiting……. and hopefully will be able to update you once they have arrived.

We also had a new challenge at Love to Craft this morning. I can’t tell you about it yet, as it is a gift which will only be given on the weekend. I will post a picture after that. Look out for it, it’s really cool.

Last but not least, I just wanted to let you know that not only do I love all my craft ladies, Tiger does too!!!

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Have a great weekend

love Ex